Category Archive: Arm Chair Critic – The Joy of reviewing a book

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

Apr 22

Stuffocation: Living More With Less – James Wallman

Stuffocation

  In this radical and ingenious book, forecaster and researcher James Wallman identifies the one scourge that is plaguing the homes and minds of people all over the world today, before proffering a range of innovative solutions to destroy this specter. The problem is “clutter” – physical clutter as opposed to mental or psychological clutter. …

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Mar 13

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Skin

Two footnotes in this book reveal in stark detail the character (of a total lack of it) of the author. I have no choice but to reproduce the two obscene, insensitive and uncalled for footnotes as they appear in the book:  ·       Actually I usually joke that my death plus someone I don’t like surviving, …

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Mar 10

A FEAST OF VULTURES: THE HIDDEN BUSINESS OF DEMOCRACY IN INDIA – JOSY JOSEPH

A Feast of Vultures

Anonymous intermediaries lubricating the political machinery in the country, ingenious and resourceful middlemen greasing a multitude of palms to enhance the positions, potential and power of both the needy and the greedy, entrepreneurs masquerading as politicians and politicians disguised in the garb of entrepreneurs, dreaded underworld dons with inextricable links to businesses run by an …

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Feb 18

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

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Tim Harford’s books are counter intuitive, provocative, contrarian, refreshing and most importantly sheer fun to read. “Messy” is no exception. In this engaging work, Harford demonstrates how people fight against, survive and thrive by bucking the trend of a world obsessed by the rigours of tidiness, structure, norms and conventions. Going beyond mere aesthetics and …

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Feb 18

How Will You Measure Your Life? – Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon

Measuring Life

This short but powerfully influential book has the potential to not only spur the reader towards bouts of engaging introspection, but also to steer the course of key and critical decisions which one otherwise would be prone to exercise – sans much judiciousness – in both his/her personal and professional lives. Whether it be a …

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Feb 18

Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better

    The author of the bestselling “The Power of Habit”, once again returns to a dissection of his favourite sphere of professional interest. In “Smarter Faster Better….” (The Book”), Charles Duhigg attempts to analyse the inspirations, insights and intuitions under girding the essence of Productivity. In other words, Duhigg explores the myths, methods and …

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Feb 18

THE ONLY STORY – JULIAN BARNES

The Only Story

Reading “The Only Story” by Julian Barnes is akin to setting out random thoughts on paper after ingesting a couple (or more) of high quality alcohol. The state of mind is not (yet) impaired by the beast of inebriation but is just alert and carefree enough to induce a flow of feelings and a rich …

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Jan 31

The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Heart by Maylis De Kerangal

In this where A.J.Cronin-meets-Sebastian Faulks-meets-Atul Gawande, Ms.Maylis De Kerangal reaches her apogee of narration and imagination. This is a book which will poleaxe, pummel and pulverise you and yet leaving you craving for more once the covers have come down. Easily one of the best books to have been published in 2017, “The Heart” is …

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Dec 23

Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business – Rana Foroohar

An acerbic and scathing indictment of the pernicious practices, perilous ventures and impetuous outlook that has almost become symptomatic of Wall Street. Rana Foroohar’s “Makers and Takers…” (The Book”) is an essential reading for grasping the mechanics of Wall Street which brought the entire global financial machinery to the brink of ruin. Laying out bare …

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Nov 18

The Art of Discarding by Nagisa Tatsumi

A book that lays out practical and logical methods for disposing clutter, “The Art of Discarding”, is a timely addition for a more organised, if not a totally minimalist lifestyle. All of us are attached to our belongings, parting with which induces a sense of nostalgia, not to mention a sense of loss. Nagisa Tatsumi …

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